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Good day, fellow writers. I thought I’d pass on these opportunities…

March 31Royal City Literary Arts Society’s Write On! Contest

  • 3 categories: fiction (1500 words max), non-fiction (1500 words max), poetry (1 page single spaced max)
  • Fee: $10 per entry for members, $20 per entry for non-members
  • Prizes: cash of an undisclosed amount
  • Previously published work will be accepted as long as author retains copyright. Multiple entries are allowed
  • Open worldwide

March 31The 13th World Children’s Haiku Contest

  • One unpublished haiku for the theme of “DREAM” in English or French and an illustration on a 8 1/2 x 11 size paper
  • Prizes: Winning entries will receive certificates signed by members of the JAL Foundation, with prizes including “Haiku by World Children”
  • Open to children up to age 15

April 1Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Contest

  • Judges: Ken Babstock, Author of Methodist Hatchet (Poetry) and Kathleen Winter, Author of Annabel (Fiction)
  • Categories: poetry (to a max of 100 lines) and fiction (to a max of 2,500 words)
  • Fee: The basic fee for Canadian entrants is $36.75 ($35+GST) for a maximum of two entries in one category (Poetry or Fiction). The fee for US entrants is $47.25 ($45+GST) and the fee for international entrants is $57.75 ($55+GST), payable in US or Canadian funds
  • Prizes: 3 prizes will be awarded in each category (1st = $1,000, 2nd = $750, 3rd = $500)
  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition. Work that has appeared online is considered published and is not eligible

April 15EVENT

  • Creative non-fiction (under 5000 words)
  • Fee: $34.95 (includes one-year subscription)
  • Prize: $1500
  • No previously published material, or material accepted for publication elsewhere, either in print or online. No simultaneous submissions

April 25CANSCAIP’s Writing for Children Competition

  • Non-fiction and fiction from picture book to young adult (YA); up to 1,500 words, English language and not previously published in any format
  • Fee: $25
  • Prize: $1500
  • Open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, all writers who have not been published in any format (including self-published), in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher at any point before the competition winner is announced

April 30Bristol Short Story Prize

  • Short story (4000 max). Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc..)
  • Fee: £8
  • Prizes: 1st £1000 (about 1800 CAD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card; 2nd £700 (about 1200 CAD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 3rd £400 (about 700 CAD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 17 further prizes of £100 (about 180 CAD) will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7
  • Open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age

May 31Burnaby Writers’ Society 2014 Contest

  • One page of writing on the theme of ‘Wood’  (poetry, fiction, non-fiction or unclassifiable)
  • Fee: $5 per entry or 3 for $10
  • Prizes : 1st = $200, 2nd = $100, 3rd = $50
  • Previously unpublished entries
  • Open to residents of British Columbia, Canada

June 30Canadian Authors Vancouver 2014 Short Story Contest

  • Short stories (1,000 to 2,000 words), any genre, in English
  • Fee: $15 for national Canadian Authors Association members, $20 for non-members
  • Prizes: 1st = $300, 2nd = $200, 3rd = $100
  • Unpublished complete short stories
  • Open to all Canadian writers

August 31Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014

  • Categories: fiction (maximum 2,000 words each), poetry (up to 40 lines each)
  • Fee: £10 permits the submission of two works into any one category
  • Prizes: 1st in each category = £500
  • Entries can be sent that have been previously published elsewhere, but please include information on previous publications with your submissions
  • Open worldwide, entries must be in English

Calls for Submission

Authors Publish Magazine

A free resource that lists publishers currently open to submissions. Today’s list includes these markets: All Genres (3) Children’s Books (4) Christian (2) Cookbooks (2) Erotica (3) Fantasy (6) Fiction (8) Gift Books (2) Historical Fiction (1) Humor (1) Literary Fiction (4) Mystery (1) Non Fiction (7) Paranormal (2) Poetry (4) Romance (10) Science Fiction (6) Self Help (2) Western (1) Young Adult (8)

You may want to check it out!


We are a quickly growing literary and arts magazine dedicated to publishing BareBack writing, that is writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves when creating. We publish at least four short stories, ten poems, one featured artist, and a featured poet per bi-monthly issue. We are always looking for new talent and authors who fit in, or don’t fit in, with what we’re doing. If you have any other questions please contact Peter Jelen bbeditor@barebacklit.com

Nat. Brut

Nat. Brut is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews (books, film, and other media), satire/humor pieces, short screenplays and theater scripts, and creative nonfiction/literary journalism. Please submit though Submittable (see website).

We are also accepting visual art, comics, short films, and audio content. To submit in those mediums, please email editors@natbrut.com

Two Serious Ladies

This small online magazine exists to promote writing and art by women. It was founded in February 2012 by Lauren Spohrer and publishes fiction, poetry, essay and visual art.


Room is Canada’s oldest literary journal by, for, and about women. Published quarterly by a group of volunteers based in Vancouver, Room showcases fiction, poetry, reviews, art work, interviews and profiles about the female experience.

Room Magazine invites polished, unpublished writing on any theme for our upcoming issue, 37.4, edited by Christina Cooke and Taryn Hubbard. Before submitting, please read their About section to see if your work fits within Room’s mandate, then refer to the Submission Guidelines on how to format your work.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 30 2014

Crack the Spine

An online and print journal. Accepts flash fiction, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and photography/art.


“The end of poetry as we know it.”

We are currently seeking submissions of outstanding and audacious poetry and art for our inaugural issue. We hope to see work brave and bold enough to say what hasn’t been said before, in ways never before imagined, and with image and language that others have shied away from. Caboose Journal seeks work that other journals have been afraid to publish, poems and artwork that step wide of the conventional path, that eschew what others deem “good taste.”

***Disclaimer: While I have presented this information as accurately as possible, please refer to the individual websites for complete contest rules and submission guidelines. With the exception of the Burnaby Writers’ Society, I am not associated with the administration or operation of these entities.